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Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

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On August 9th, staff from all park divisions assisted Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies at a single vehicle rollover accident that occurred on the highway five miles west of the entrance and within the park. Those first on scene could not get to the operator and sole occupant because the vehicle ended up on its roof and all the doors were crushed. Moments later, a passing motorist stopped at the accident scene who is a firefighter and sells extrication equipment part time. He made available his demo “Jaws of Life” pneumatic equipment, making it possible to force the doors open and remove the driver. Supervisory fee ranger Dave Durbin, who is also a member of the Arco ambulance team, took the lead in providing medical treatment. CPR was begun and continued until an AED could be attached to monitor for any signs of a treatable pulse. Durbin released control of the medical treatment when the Arco ambulance arrived approximately 20 minutes later. CPR and monitoring continued into Arco, where the driver was pronounced dead at the local hospital. This fatality is the fifth in the past month to have occurred on this stretch of the highway, which runs to the town of Carey 23 miles away. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.


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